We had the good fortune of connecting with Rana Lashgari and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rana, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Before starting my own firm, I worked at almost every level of government- from local to federal. I started my firm because I wanted to bring a fresh approach to lobbying at the local level and break down barriers in an industry traditionally shrouded by the old school notion that lobbying is only for large corporations with deep pockets. I knew my background and experience could help a much broader range of businesses, citizens and community groups work more effectively with their local governments. Many of my clients have never worked with a lobbyist before. But they understand every city is different and having the right advocate guiding them through the process can make all the difference.Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I don’t call myself a lobbyist. I’m an advocate. It’s incredibly rewarding to help clients who didn’t think they had a chance making a change or navigating a system they saw as unfamiliar and complex. Ultimately, our goal is to connect more people with their local governments to show them that progress is possible. Whether that client is a large national company wanting to understand our local needs better, or a tech entrepreneur with a great product to help our cities run better, our firm is uniquely positioned to help our clients succeed at the local level.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my City! I would start the day with a bike ride down the Canal to Chestnut where you’ll have the best almond croissants of your life. From there, I’d head downtown to Roosevelt Row, where I’d peruse our art galleries and local shops. While you’re down there, make sure to grab a drink at the Churchill and play one of the many old school board games they have available. At sunset, I would take my guests to the Wrigley Mansion, which has so much history, the most incredible views of the city and the best martini. And a trip to Phoenix wouldn’t be complete without dinner at Tarbell’s, where EVERYTHING on the menu is amazing.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My fiancé, family and friends deserve a lot of credit for my success. They inspire me, challenge me, and have always supported me in big and small ways.

Website: www.az-ms.com

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/ranalashgari

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Phoenix Council District 8

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